New York Attorney General Tish James covered up allegations of sexual harassment against her own chief of staff for political ends – rather than pursuing the allegations with the same zeal she put into her investigations into the now ex-government. Andrew Cuomo, his agent charged.
James’ chief of staff Ibrahim Khan, 38, resigned after being slapped with multiple sexual harassment complaints, her office confirmed on Friday.
But the AG “actively lied” about its investigation into Khan, which “by its own definition” has faced serious allegations, Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said.
“This is further evidence that Tish James corrupted the AG office and abused its power to further her own political ambitions through a bogus report,” Azzopardi said in a statement to The Post on Saturday. “She ‘believes all women’ when it is in her political interest – otherwise she will attack the accuser or cover up the charge.”
Cuomo filed an ethics complaint against James in September over her sexual harassment investigation that forced him out of office last year.
The complaints filed against Khan by two women were filed before Election Day and were silenced when James easily won her re-election bid, sources said.
One of those women was told that her claims of inappropriate touching and unwanted kissing were well founded, according to The New York Times.
The allegations against Khan are now being examined by global law firm Littler Mendelson. Sources told the Post that the AG’s office shut down the company shortly after receiving the complaints.
In September, Littler hired Johane Severin, an assistant attorney general and longtime top counsel for James, adding her to his vast network of attorneys.
The Comptroller’s Office said on Saturday it had not approved any contracts needed to investigate the allegations against Khan, leaving all sorts of questions about the contract open.
“Littler Mendelson is one of the most respected employment agencies in the country. To suggest otherwise is preposterous,” said an AG spokesman, who did not respond to further questions, including whether Severin was involved in Khan’s case
Khan has worked for James since she served as top counsel during her first successful campaign for New York City’s public attorney in 2013, after which she appointed him her chief of staff and first assistant public attorney.
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